Heat-related conditions cause more deaths in an average year in Kansas City from heat-related conditions, than from all other weather types combined. According to the Center for Disease Control, an average of 350 people die from the effects of heat in the U.S. each year. The National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory when a heat index of 105° will be reached for at least three hours, with little cooling expected overnight. A Heat Warning is issued if the heat index will reach 105° for three days or more, or if the heat index will reach 115° on a single day.
Heat Safety Tips
- Drink plenty of water and natural fruit juices, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea and colas.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. If you must go out, use sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Remember that sunburn reduces the skin’s ability to provide cooling.
- Avoid going out during the hottest times of the day. Take frequent breaks if working during the heat of the day.
- Inside during the day, keep shades drawn and blinds closed. Use air conditioning whenever available. Even just two hours per day in air conditioning can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
- Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle with the windows up. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140° within minutes.
- Provide extra water and access to a cool environment for pets.
- Listen to your NOAA Weather Radio or media sources to keep up with the latest heat watches, warnings, and advisories.
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